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THINGS THAT EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT SHOULD DO BEFORE GRADUATING

 

1. GET INVOLVED WITH AN ORGANIZATION OR CLUB

 

                             

 

 

 

There are so many organizations and clubs available to you in college, and they cover ever interest you could imagine. A lot of schools have activity fairs during the first couple weeks of the fall semester so that you can talk with current members and sign up for those things that interest you.

 

 

 

 

2. PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERNSHIP

 

 

                               

 

 

When you are sitting in your first interview and the person asks if you have any relevant experience, you are going to wish that you had taken that internship position rather than partying all the time.

 The job market is a competitive one – give yourself the edge and get that experience under your belt.

 

 

 

3. ESTABLISH PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS WITH A FEW PROFESSORS

 

 

                              

 

 

 

Establishing strong connections is one of the most important things every college student should do before graduating because you are going to need those contacts in the future. Your professors are the ones who will be writing graduate school recommendation letters (if you plan on going for an even higher degree), providing job references for you, and answering questions you have along the way.

Now, maintaining a professional connection with your professors does not mean that you are blowing up their phone every week, spamming their email inbox.

 

 

 

4. DEVELOP A SOLID RESUME

 

 

                              

 

 

 

You would be surprised at how many college graduates do not have well-written resumes when they leave school.

You want to spend time developing a strong resume before graduating. You’ll be competing with a lot of new graduates when you enter the job market and you want to stand out.

Your school’s career services center is a great resource for helping you develop a solid resume. You can help the process by bringing a list of your skills, experience (volunteer/paid/unpaid), and contact information with you.